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In 2003, while making the rounds in our town, Oprah Winfrey was taken to dinner by network aides to the almost 40 year-old Giovanni’s on The Hill. That evening, its founder Giovanni Gabrielle created for her a dish he dubbed, “Pappardelle a la Oprah,” consisting of linguini, porcini mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese and whole garlic. Winfrey was so pleased, she invited Giovanni to prepare the dish on the air. Subsequently Gabrielle fielded hundreds of recipe requests and reservations from people across the states. Now, he has decided to create a massive order of the dish to present to Winfrey and her staff upon the finale of her 25-year reign next week.


Our town’s close-knit family of restaurateurs had a reunion at J. Sanfilipo’s downtown to celebrate the popular dinery’s 20th anniversary and to be captured by the cameras for KSDK’s “Show Me, St. Louis.”  Among the distinguished Palermo-born members: Concetta and Paul Manno (Paul Manno’s); John and Anna Mineo (John Mineo’s); family matriarch Rosa Gabrielle and son Paul (who are negotiating to buy Yagu in Chesterfield Valley for their “Agostino’s); Fina and Giovanni Gabrielle (Giovanni’s on The Hill); Benny and Lia Buzetta and Joe Sanfilipo, the honored member. . .Famed rock group the 2 AM Club, just off from celebrating their RCA/SONY release of “What Did You Think Was Going To Happen?” settled down at Creve Coeur’s First Watch for bossman Jeff Furhrman‘s  “2 For You” lunch special. What happened to them in Columbus, Ohio?  “We were dragged to a strip club,” said singer Mark Griffin. They performed here at the Rock House. . .Glammy Julie Drier has checked into Dielmann Sotheby’s, while her hub David is with AON and previously served as prez of Intrav & Clipper Cruise Line (reminds me, whatever became of travel maven/art collector Barney Ebsworth?}. . .Armed only with a camera and sound gear, directors Jeff Krulik and John Heyn shot a documentary of a Judas Priest concert and captured the raucous and unexpurgated interviews with teenage metal heads.  The time capsule of mid-1980s in “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” will be unspooled at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Mad Art Gallery. . .Late hometowner/actor Vincent Price will be honored on his 100th birthday May 24-28 by his daughter Victoria Price, who will plug her book, “Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography.” Celebration of Price, who last appeared in our town in the 1970s as Fagin in the Muny’s production of the musical “Oliver,” will also include an exhibit of his artifacts and memorabilia at the Sheldon, beginning April 22.  Curator is Tom Stockman, who said the showing will include Price’s costume from “House of Wax”. . .Back in his native haunts this week was David Slay to pay respects to the Gene Slay family on Gene’s passing and to visit with his mom, Eileen, and Keith Barket before Barket and his wife, Ginny, head to the gaming tables in Vegas, where they’ll mark their 50th wedding anniversary. Slay is proud owner of Park Avenue Restaurant in Stanton, CA. in Orange County.  His son, David, Jr., heading to Australia to study sports management at Bond University. . .Staff and students of Eden Theological Seminary have enjoyed perhaps their most accomplished visiting prof, Dr. Allan Callahan, one of the nation’s premiere biblical scholars.  Fluent in modern languages and knowledge of seven ancient dialects, Callahan taught at Harvard Divinity School and Boston College. . .Patrick Clark, musician and ex-syndicated TV host, is out at KPLR’s 4 p.m. newscast.  Sez a station spokeswoman, “He’s still an important part of the team.  We’re just changing pitchers for now”. . .Shaun Hayes has been hit with another lawsuit and this time by 1st Advantage Bank of St. Peters, Mo.  Other defendants are Wildwood Capital LLC and Christopher Kersten. . .Steady as they go: interior painter extraordinaire John Pisani and the Symph’s Vicki Kirchoff having a romantic din at Anthony’s. Pisoni by the way, has just completed re-doing Joan Daleo‘s The Olde Thyme Produce on Produce Row. . .Rochelle Popkin, ex of super lawyer Alan Popkin, has a new love interest.

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